Osgoode Hall, Toronto

Osgoode Hall, Toronto

A heritage building spread over six acres in Toronto is the Osgoode Hall. This hall has garnered attention for 170 years for its legal activity. The hall was named Osgoode to honor the first Chief Justice of the province, William Osgoode. Although construction began in 1829, this historic structure was completed after 20 years and under several architects like John Ewart and W.W. Baldwin. The outer facade retains the Italian Renaissance style and the inside of the Hall boasts beautiful stained glass heraldic windows, intricate ceiling and elegant arched pillars. The Hall also has Palladian elements. A myth related to the iron gate is that it was originally designed to keep livestock out of the grounds.

After being troop barracks from 1838 to 1843, the Hall went through several restorations from 1844 to 1891. Until relocation of faculty of York University in 1969, the Osgoode Hall was the home of the Law School of the University, the Osgoode Hall Law School. In honor of Ontario lawyers and law students who died in action during the First World War, a War Memorial was sculpted by Frances Norma Loring in 1928 and was added to the Library of the Hall. In 1979, it was designated a National Historic Site of Canada.

Connected through a tunnel in the north is the courthouse at 361 University Avenue. Currently the Osgoode hall houses the Law Society of Upper Canada, Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Appeal.
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Sight Name: Osgoode Hall
Sight Location: Toronto, Canada
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Toronto's Historic Walking Tour  

Walking Tours in Toronto, Canada

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Best of Toronto's Museum and Galleries Tour

Best of Toronto's Museum and Galleries Tour

Because of being one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities in the world, it is more than obvious that Toronto is not just another expensive global city, but also has a strongly developed sense of culture. Just give this city a chance to convince you of this. Take this walking tour and check out the best of Toronto's museum and galleries, as listed below.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Art Lover's Tour In Toronto

Art Lover's Tour In Toronto

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 km
Shopping Tour in Toronto

Shopping Tour in Toronto

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
Downtown Nightlife Part 1

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
City Orientation Walk I

City Orientation Walk I

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Religious Heart of Toronto Walking Tour

Religious Heart of Toronto Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km

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